Macon County authorities warning residents of elaborate scam

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MACON COUNTY - Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott and Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider have announced that county residents are being targeted by a new, elaborate version of a common telephone scam.

According to Scott, the calls are disguised to show on Caller ID that they are coming from the Macon County Sheriff's Office.  Additionally, the callers are representing themselves as deputies, and tell the victims that they missed jury duty and are in danger of being placed under arrest unless a substantial amount of money is paid to the caller using a prepaid debit card.

Authorities say this scam is further enhanced by the return phone number given to the victims via the caller or voice mail, as police say number has a 217 area code, and once called, provides a voice mail greeting that falsely represents the line as belonging to the Macon County Sheriff's Office.  Authorities also say the greeting is very realistic, but residents should be aware that this is a scam.

If you receive a call similar to this, you are advised to hang up and ignore any such messages on answering machines, as these calls are not coming from the Macon County Sheriff's Office.  If you suspect a scam is about to be or has been committed, you are asked to call the Elder Fraud Hotline at (217) 615-7582.

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